Friday, March 15, 2019

Mooney M20C, N6075Q: Fatal accident occurred March 14, 2019 near Cashiers, Jackson County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Pilot reported loss of attitude indication during flight in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

Date: 14-MAR-19

Time: 23:04:00Z
Regis#: N6075Q
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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Gary Huttleston

AIKEN – Gary Huttleston, 59, passed away Thursday, March 14th, 2019.

Gary was predeceased by his son Lon Huttleston and mother Marian Huttleston.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Cindy Huttleston, father Richard Huttleston, Endicott, NY, sister Teri Brogdale, Endicott, NY, 3 grandchildren; in laws, Buzz and Kitty Baiardo, Peoria, IL, Debbie (Mark) Adams, Liberty Township, OH, Reba Baiardo, Peoria, IL, Michael (Janine) Baiardo,  nieces and nephews Lauren, Lindsey, Nick, Samantha, Ryan and Skylar.  Also, his cherished pets, Abby and Lacey.

Gary was born in Binghamton, NY, a son of Richard L. Huttleston and the late Marian Huttleston.  He attended Union Endicott High School class of 1977.  He attended Delhi College, Utica College in Syracuse, NY, and later received two Master’s Degrees from Florida Institute of Technology.  He was a Superintendent of Construction and Project Management for CB&I for 37 years, and later worked for Bechtel.  Gary was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, biking, kayaking, working outdoors and playing golf.  He also enjoyed get-togethers with friends and time spent in Downtown Aiken.  He loved to fly, having been a pilot since 1990.  He loved to watch sports and was an avid Yankees and Syracuse fan.

He was a member of Cedar Creek Church and attended services regularly.  He also enjoyed going to homegroup through the church.

"When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God's love."~Charles H Spurgeon

Romans 14:8-for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die; we are the Lord's. 

A visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM Friday, March 22, 2019, and a Celebration of Life will follow at 4:00 PM at Cedar Creek Church, Banks Mill Campus, with the Reverend Phillip Lee officiating.

Gary's funeral service will be broadcast live at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to FOTAS (, or to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center, P.O. Box 358, Gloverville, South Carolina  29828.

Gary’s online guest book may be signed at


Gary Huttleston

JACKSON COUNTY, North Carolina (WSPA) - UPDATE (3/15/19  4 p.m.):

One person was killed in a plane crash Friday in Jackson County.

Search teams found the wreckage of the plane at about 12:45 p.m. in a rugged area of southern Jackson County, south of Whiteside Mountain. 

Gary Huttleston was piloting the single engine plane. 

Crews will continue to investigate the cause of the crash. 

Huttleston's family arrived on scene just before 3:30 p.m. 

ORIGINAL (3/15/19 12:06 p.m.):  Crews are searching the western North Carolina mountains for a missing airplane.

Macon County Emergency Management said in a news release that crews from Macon and Jackson counties are trying to locate the overdue plane. Its last known location was the Whiteside Mountain area around 6:15 p.m. Thursday. 

The single-engine plane was headed to Aiken, S.C. from Knoxville, Tenn. but failed to reach its destination, according to Macon County Emergency Management. 

Teams started searching around 1 a.m. Friday but had to call of the search until daylight.

Searchers are limited by the remote, rugged terrain and weather conditions. 
Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad said in a news release that local, state, and federal agencies are assisting in the full-scale search operation. 

Nat Turner, public information officer with the rescue squad, said crews are currently searching southwest of Cashiers, N.C. 

Jackson County dispatch was notified around 6:30 p.m. Thursday by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) “that a plane was in distress in southern Jackson County. Further information from the AFRCC and the FAA indicated that the plane was last seen on radar at 6:14 pm EST and that the plane was a single engine private aircraft,” according to a release issued by the rescue squad.

Original article can be found here ➤

JACKSON COUNTY, North Carolina (WLOS) — A South Carolina man has died in what appears to be a single-engine plane crash in Jackson County.

Pilot Gary Huttleston of Aiken, South Carolina, the sole person on board, was killed in the crash.

Authorities say search teams found wreckage Friday around 12:45 p.m in a rugged part of the county. They also say a recovery operation is underway, as well as an investigation into the cause.

Emergency responders in Southern Macon/Jackson County searched for Huttleston's aircraft, which was expected to land at an Aiken, South Carolina airport Thursday, but never arrived.

Numerous agencies including the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad were involved in the search.

Authorities say the plane's last known location was around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, in the Whiteside Mountain area near the Macon/Jackson County line.

An FAA representative says that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Alert Notice Thursday night advising search and rescue authorities about a missing aircraft.

Huttleston's aircraft departed from Knoxville Downtown Airport in Tennessee at about 5:30 p.m. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the flight at about 6:20 p.m., when it was about 17 miles south of Macon County Airport in Franklin.

Original article can be found here ➤

MACON COUNTY, North Carolina (WRDW/WAGT) -- Gary Huttleston, the pilot from Aiken County whose plane crashed in the North Carolina mountains, has died in the crash.

Huttleston's plane crashed near Cashiers, NC after it took off from Knoxville, TN on Thursday night.

Search crews from Macon and Jackson Counties had been actively searching the area around Whiteside Mountain, in North Carolina, since 6:15 p.m. Thursday. That's the last place the plane was tracked.

The single-engine plane had taken off from Knoxville, Tennessee around 5:30 p.m., the FAA said, and was scheduled to land in Aiken. Crews are searching on the ground due to weather concerns, and the Air Force is assisted.

Story and video ➤

According to a press release from Macon County Emergency Management agency, crews are searching for a plane that took off from Knoxville, but never reached its destination.

Macon County 911 communications supervisor Todd Seagle confirmed the plane's tail number is N6075Q. According to the Federal Aviation Administration's online database the Mooney M20C is registered to Gary Huttleston of Aiken, South Carolina 

The single-engine plane left Island Home airport Thursday just before 5:30 p.m. and was expected to arrive in Aiken, South Carolina around 7 p.m. but never made it there. Officials said they believe there was one passenger on board.

The last known location of the plane is in the Whiteside Mountain area. Emergency Management Crews in Macon County were notified when air traffic controllers in Atlanta lost contact with the aircraft.

Search efforts are difficult due to bad weather conditions in the area. Crews are confined to searching via ground only. The search area includes rough terrain and wilderness.

The Macon County Emergency Management Agency said the airforce is assisting in the search.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

Sad story that hits home as I'm currently taking instrument lessons in a 1971 Arrow with a vucuum driven attitude indicator. If I had my own plane the 1st upgrade I would install would be a new electrically operated attitude indicator. RIP to the pilot and my condolences to his family.

Chris Kilgus said...

I backup with a Dynon D2 "Pocket Panel". Complete independent instrument. $800 or so. Wouldn't fly IFR without it.

Thornton Bryan said...

I'm not reading information about failed vacuum system in the above article. Is that available elsewhere?

Anonymous said...

Right below the article title it states: Pilot reported loss of attitude indicator in IMC. Not sure if he just lost the attitude indicator OR had a vacuum pump failure causing loss of associated instruments. Either way an emergency when in IMC.